Confederation College

Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology | Thunder Bay, Ont. | Founded 1967

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Confederation College. (Confederation College)

The main campus of Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in Thunder Bay is situated on Lake Superior. Averaging 2,121 hours of sunshine per year, the area offers urban and active lifestyles: students enjoy the convenience of city living with easy access to natural surroundings. Serving a catchment area of 550,000 sq. km—about the size of France—the college has a main campus in Thunder Bay, seven regional campuses throughout northwestern Ontario and a distance education division for online programs. A leader in Indigenous learning, Confederation has focused support services and programs for its large Indigenous student population.

The college offers more than 70 diploma, certificate, apprenticeship and educational upgrading programs. It has three residences with dorms and apartment-style options. In 2018, the college completed construction on its Technology, Education and Collaboration Hub. The 45,000-sq.-foot facility will contribute to the development of a skilled technology and trades workforce for northwestern Ontario. It hosts research, incubation and technology transfer services to support the region’s advanced manufacturing, technology and resource sectors. Confederation’s strategic plan emphasizes education, applied research and partnerships that support student success, Indigenous learning, sustainability and community well-being.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $3,521-$8,925 $3,761-$12,921 $3,521-$3,761 Yes

Cool Options

  • Onajigawin Indigenous Services: This two-year diploma includes two field placements and a co-op option. Learn culturally specific skills for working with Indigenous families and children. Graduates leave with a social service worker equivalency.
  • Community Integration Through Co-operative Education: This diploma is tailored for students with intellectual disabilities and covers skills for the workplace. Field placements are available.

Popular Programs

  • Welding
  • Practical Nursing
  • Social Service Worker 
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Aviation—Flight Management

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